Bar with the Colonial Service Medal

Photo Captain George Albert

The medals on this bar in order of seniority from left to right are-
Prussian 1914 Iron Cross
, second class

Prussian Other Ranks Long Service Award, first class for 15 years service
Colonial Service Medal, Colonial Service Medal, with clasp for "VENEZUELA 1902/03"

The original owner of this medal bar was an other ranks naval veteran and almost certainly an NCO judging from his length of service. The claps for Venezuela on his Colonial Medal shows that he served (on either the SMS Panther, SMS Vineta, SMS Falke, SMS Sperber, SMS Stosch, SMS Charlotte or the SMS Gazelle) during the blockade of Venezuelan ports from December 1902. He also served with distinction in the First World War, as can be seen by his Iron Cross.


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